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Spatial Representation: From Gene to Mind

Barbara Landau and James E. Hoffman


This book presents a new thesis on the nature of cognitive disruption due to genetic deficit, relying on three basic principles of normal cognitive architecture and using Williams syndrome (WS) as a lens to understand the nature of spatial development, language learning, and the role of gene and mind in explaining these. The guiding principles are specialization of function in brain and cognition, the importance of developmental timing in the emergence of these functions, and the idea that genes can target cognitive systems. Previous perspectives on the nature of cognition in WS have tended ... More

Keywords: space, language, cognition, Williams syndrome, development, genes, dorsal stream, ventral stream, navigation, object recognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195385373
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Landau, author
Johns Hopkins University

James E. Hoffman, author
University of Delaware